Twenty miles north of Little Sable Point Light is the summer resort town of Ludington at the intersection of M-10 and US-31. The Ludington Light sits at the end of the north breakwater near downtown Ludginton at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River.
Like other rivers along the shore, the Pere Marquette was a critical transportation route for the lumber industry, making the harbor an ideal place for a lighthouse. Ludington Light was built in 1924, after the original 1871 lighthouse had deteriorated. The lighthouse’s broad triangular base has the appearance of the hull of a ship. Its tower is pyramidal, rising to a black lantern room. The whole structure tilts toward the lake, giving the lighthouse a dynamic appearance. These design characteristics were not just stylistic, but were incorporated to best deflect the driving wind, rain, and waves that pelt the end of the pier.
Ludington Light is impeccably maintained by the Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association, which offers daily tours during the summer. Because of its excellent condition, unique structure, and beautiful setting along Ludington’s beach and harbor, The Weather Channel recently named Ludington Light one of the top ten lighthouses in the United States.